Hey there my friends
Nov 15th – half a month gone already. My friend Joanne, who used to blog at Seasonal Hearth (I miss your blog Joanne!), made a comment about finding things to be thankful for in November, even though it’s a dreary month. And one of her facebook friends wrote: “It only has 30 days”. I laughed out loud. And concurred!
Maybe this is why our American friends put Thanksgiving in November? It’s needed! 🙂
I don’t really have any trouble finding things to be thankful for in November, but with its grey, dull days, my photography really suffers. And most of my blog material is based around my pictures.
It’s really quite a drop from glorious October to drab November. I don’t realize how much I am inspired by sunlight. When I take pictures, I focus on the light – sunrises, the play of light and shadows, shafts of light, golden afternoon light and sunsets. I’ve heard it said that cloudy days are also good for pictures – as long as you don’t include the sky – but I’m not photographically (is this even a word? )inspired on cloudy days.
Sigh . . . Friday favourite friends – help me!!
1. I was in town this week, camera in tow (as always) and the sun broke through the clouds. Talk about one excited blogger!
I captured the sunrays through the steeples of St Dunstan’s Basilica. I often park near this church since it’s right behind the library. But I don’t think I’ve ever taken pictures of it. It’s a beautiful building – the only cathedral on PEI, situated on Great George Street near the Confederation Buildings.
If you come here in the summer, you’re likely to see my daughter Sarah, and her Confederation player friends, strolling down this sidewalk or playing croquet at the top of the street on the lawns of Province house.
3. Just looking at that picture reminds me – if you’re ever thinking of a trip to PEI, 2014 just might be the year to make it happen. The Island is known as the birthplace of Confederation. In 1864, the provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario and Québec met here, in Charlottetown, to discuss the formation of a new nation, Canada. In 2014, we’re celebrating the 150th anniversary.
And let me tell you . . . PEI knows how to celebrate! It’s going to be a fun year.
4. Speaking of fun . . . it’s not the best of pictures because you’re not allowed to take cameras into the Cari Centre swimming pool in Charlottetown. But, I had my phone and managed to capture a little shot of Josie in the toddler pool. I hope swimming time becomes a new Nannie/Josie tradition! She’s not smiling in this shot, but there were plenty of smiles and giggles during our time together.
5. Look what I spied this week on my Christmas Cactus plant!
It makes me so happy to see those little buds. I can’t recall if I ever told the story of this plant before. My mom always had a Christmas cactus plant in our dining room window. It was a huge plant and faithfully bloomed every Christmas and Easter. I really don’t know what happened to that plant. But, fast forward many years after my mom died and our family home was sold. I was a teacher at Belfast Consolidated, and one of my colleagues, a old family friend, came into the library with a little flowering cactus plant. It was beautiful! But it was the story she told me that really made my eyes fill up. Many years before, when she was moving into her first apartment, my mom had given her a slip from our cactus plant. Her cactus had thrived all those years and she had cut a slip for me. Honestly, it was one of the sweetest gifts I’ve ever received. Every time it blooms, I think of my mom and her joy in those gorgeous blossoms.
There! Finished the 5 and actually have a few other ideas percolating. Maybe I’ll even get a few other posts published this week. Here’s hoping! 🙂 Friday’s Fave 5 is such good blog discipline for me. Despite my sluggish start, I really had no trouble to list these. Thanks for the inspiration Susanne!
And thanks to you for dropping in! I’ll be around to visit your blogs – and perhaps
steal borrow an inspiring idea or two as well. 🙂
PPS – hot off the press – my boys on Q last week! Hear the woohooing from the audience?? Yes – it’s me – their mom 🙂 What a great show!
PS – for wonderful inspiration, visit Susanne and the Fivers at Living to Tell The Story.